Sounding and performing resistance and resilience 
Fiona Magowan (Queen's University Belfast)
Hastings Donnan (Queen's University of Belfast)
Examination Schools Room 8
Start time:
21 September, 2018 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

This panel explores entangled expressions of resistance and resilience through the emotional impacts of sound and performance from the everyday to ritual and the stage. Papers will address the uncertainties, disruptions and evocations in creating a politics of emotion among performers and audiences.

Long Abstract

This panel explores entangled expressions of resistance and resilience through the emotional effects of sound and movements in everyday life to ritual or staged performances. We are interested in teasing out uncertainties, disruptions, impacts and evocations that sound, narration, movement and/or performance can have upon performers and audiences in terms of the politics of emotion. Thus, we invite contributors to consider how sound, movement and performance can generate a range of emotional processes and transformations from the dynamics of reticence and resentment to empathy and empowerment in various protracted conflict or post-conflict contexts. For example, we ask, what role might empathy play in protests or in contexts of resistance, and how is it mobilised? While discourses of resistance and resilience can highlight the historical and political effects of violence, we are equally interested in how attention to senses and affect can bring new insights into how people deal with conflict and its aftermath. This panel examines how individuals and groups employ sound, movement and performance to respond to unpredictable and unsettled conditions of everyday life, whether caused by situations of conflict, as migrants, as refugees, or as those who have been otherwise displaced by war. We are interested in how those who have been disempowered come to express and create new practices that may variously produce and strengthen senses of belonging and recognition, as well as engendering modes of resistance and resilience.

Accepted papers: